Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Friends of Lake Darling

Thanks to Sue Basten for bringing guest, Ryan Shields, a new lender at Washington State Bank's Columbus Junction location. Welcome, Ryan!

Ryan Shields

Club President, Tsalika Rich presented new member Dani Kane with her New Rotary Member packet on Thursday. Congratulations and welcome, Dani! Dani works at Scott Lujan State Farm Insurance on South Iowa Ave. in downtown Washington.
Dani Kane and Tsalika Rich
Congratulations to Laura Bombei on her announcement of upcoming grandmothership. What?

Grandma Laura Bombei


Lynn Koch joined Washington Rotary this past fall, and is a commercial and ag lender at Federation Bank in Washington. Lynn met his wife, Marilyn Jane in Kansas and they've been married 37 years. Lynn then worked 20 years in Minnesota and then in Grand Island, NE for Great Western Bank before moving to Washington last year.
Lynn Koch (right)


Thanks to Lynn Koch for inviting Jim Dickinson to speak about the non-profit group, Friends of Lake Darling State Park. Jim has worn many hats in Keokuk County, including Sigourney City Administrator and Economic Development Director. He and his wife have run the provisions store next to Lake Darling State Park for many years, and he has been a catalyst in Friends.

Dickinson gave an update on Lake Darling State Park, especially about the 6 new cabins under construction. These 2-bedroom cabins will begin renting in July for about $85 per night (2 night minimum). The cabins are about done, but the access road and connecting paved trail are still to be done this spring. There are 6 existing smaller cabins that rent for $37 per night (2 night minimum).

You can reserve cabins, the day-use lodge, shelters, and campground spots at the IDNR website.

Dickinson also encouraged people to consider volunteering at the State Park to help out with things like mowing, cleaning and picking up at the lodge and cabins, trail clearing, beach drag, and flowerbed maintenance. These are great opportunities to get involved and make a difference.


January 21: Amber Scott - Nicole Shumate with Paws-Effect
January 28: Club Forum!
February 2: Paul Horak - Rotary Blood Drive
February 11: Brent Hinson - TBA
February 11: BLOOD DRIVE, 1:30 - 6:30pm @ UP Church

It was also great to have Mark Kendall, CPA at our meeting again. See ya', Mark.
Mark Kendall, CPA